BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A brick wall collapsed at an Owings Mills Apartment complex Wednesday evening as a storm rolled through the region.
The brick was ripped from this building along Garrison View Road due to a possible lightning strike or high winds. Fire investigators have not yet said the official cause. The National Weather Service investigators will be investigating the cause as well.
That was just some of the damage reported Wednesday.
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Severe weather rolled through Maryland Wednesday, impacting much of the region.
The severe weather downed trees and knocked out power to tens of thousands of BGE customers early Wednesday evening.
BGE originally reported that more than 29,000 customers were without power as of 7:45 p.m., more than 16,000 of those customers were in Baltimore County alone.
One tree reportedly fell on a car near Patterson Park in Baltimore. No one was damaged in that incident.
In Timonium, a tree fell on the Light RailLink tracks just north of Timonium station, causing delays.
Heavy bands of rain and lightning in Baltimore pic.twitter.com/p0QOuRPqzu
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The numerous storms swept through the area as Maryland also deals with a dangerous heatwave that left the heat index surging into triple digits.
“Sometimes I stop and have to take some water out and splash it on my face because I feel like I’m going to pass out if I don’t,” Molly Newland, of Baltimore, said.
Doctors tell WJZ that it is essential to stay hydrated, wear loose clothing and know the warning signs of a heat stroke.
“Change of confusion, change of mental status, aren’t drinking anymore. That’s related to heat exhaustion and heatstroke,” Neil Roy, a doctor at Sinai Hospital, said.
Baltimore is still under a Code Red heat alert until Sunday.
To find a list of cooling centers, click here.